True Blue Golf Club is one of the best Myrtle Beach and America has to offer. The Mike Strantz course is ranked 77th on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play, and Golf Channel travel guru Matt Ginella recently ranked it as America’s 42nd best public course.
What makes True Blue special is a design that’s visually stunning and relentlessly creative, no matter a golfer’s skill level.
True Blue’s fairways are upwards of 100 yards wide in spots, giving players the ability to bomb away off the tee, but the sprawling waste bunkers must be avoided. Given the strength of the course, identifying a signature hole is nearly impossible as it’s strong throughout.
The par 3 6th, which can vary in length by up to three clubs based on pin location, and the short par 4 8th stand out on the front nine. The back nine is outstanding, culminating with a tremendous three-hole finish that provides a test of skill and nerve as water comes into play on all three holes.
If you are a serious Myrtle Beach golfer, True Blue has to be on your bucket list. The course is as fun to play as it is memorable, which is saying a lot.
9 by Glenn (Ivyland, PA) - 11/05/2016
One of my new favorite courses. Immaculate condition only a few weeks after the hurricane. Greens were perfect and held good shots unlike the hardness of many of the Myrtle Beach courses that are rock hard.
10 by Rod - 09/23/2016
Course layout was amazing and the conditions were the same. Plush, carpeted fairways ran uninterrupted all the way to pristine greens. Course has lots of characters and is more of a "cousin" to Caledonia as opposed to a "sister course". Of the Strantz courses I have played True Blue is more closely related to Tot Hill Farms with a dash of Tobacco Road thrown in. Club house is small, but nice with very friendly staff. Restaurant food was excellent, but 2/3 of the staff were less than friendly. The back patio is very similar to Caledonia in that people can sit out back and eat and drink while watching golfers hit long irons into a green surrounded by water on the left and back. The golf boards are absolutely amazing! Very tricky the first couple of holes, but once we got the hang of them we were sold. Definitely the highlight of the trip! I highly recommend them. Just be careful not to almost plow over the lovely cart caddy Olivia as I almost did! Blasted sticky acclerator!:)
9 by Paul (uk) - 09/02/2016
We played here in April last year and the course condition was awful so was a bit concerned about it. However, this trip the condition was very good. The pro shop is well stocked and we all thought the grill was a level above other clubs in the area. One positive (negative?) is that many of the fairways are very wide so accuracy off the tee is not essential. Overall, the whole experience was very impressive and well worth another return visit.
10 by Timothy - 01/08/2016
After all the rains, cart path only which makes for a long day, but still a great course with beautiful holes. It played extremely long because of the wet conditions but I would return in a heartbeat. We got a deal and paid just $59 a person which was good. I wouldn't pay some of the standard fees for this course but it was worth the money. The girl at the bag drop was very friendly and helpful advising us of some of the other area courses to play. Pace was great because of the 10 minute tee times, not 8. Wide open fairways but LOTS of sand and water as well. A great day.
9 by TC - 07/27/2015
What a beautiful course. Unfortunately we played the day after it had 3" of rain. Cart path only, and the starter told us to try and keep our round at 4.5 hrs. The bigger joke was that they came around timing us to ensure that we were compliant. I would to play the course under dryer conditions. The greens were great the fairways manicured nicely, but the course was just too wet to really enjoy it to its fullest. The waste areas are a visual distraction off the tee for sure, but if you missed the fairway and landed in one, they were so firm there was no problem hitting out. The greenside bunkers I'd say was the only drawback that I noticed. There was very little sand at best. More of a dirt consistency which in term became mud after the rain. If you have a chance to play this course, its a good one to put on the list.
10 by Markus - 06/11/2015
Wow - you should go there and play it! It is a tough, demanding but wonderful golf course. That's a course which could have been designed by mother nature. A lot of sand, quite some water, wonderful bunkers along the water, fantastic and stunning layout. It is just a great course which can not be compared with it's sister course Caledonia (see my other review), which also is fantastic but in a very different way.
You either need to have long hits/drives to make a good score or you play very tactically. It's anyway a fair course since the fairways are broad and huge. The quality of the course was awesome, just one green showed spots which they try to regrass. Everything else was just cool. Staff was great, clubhouse as well, there's nothing which would prevent me to play it again.
8 by Guy (Mississauga, ON) - 06/07/2015
Greens were not as good as previous years.
9 by Tim (Chandler, AZ) - 05/29/2015
Good course with a lot of interesting holes but the greens were slow.
8 by Jase - 05/18/2015
When I organised our 2 week trip for 16 golfers we had a free day on the 1st Saturday so I booked True Blue for 6 of us as I had heard great things and chose it over the other premium courses (Caledonia/Dunes Club). What a disappointment to find the greens were terrible. How courses can charge full price when greens are so bad is beyond me and shows complete disdain for the paying customer. The course itself was a great layout but the $149 cost with terrible greens spoiled the day.
10 by Darren - 05/06/2015
We've wanted to play this course for a few trips now. We loved the layout, but the greens really struggle thru this winter apparently. Still we could appreciated what the course potential is, but the greens were disappointing. Mother Nature beat her this winter apparently. Rest of the course was very good though, & we will play it again. After playing here we did a rebook, thru them, at Caledonia for the same day & that course was in amazing condition (I was told they have different grass on their greens which made a HUGE difference). True Blue has a practice area which was nice. Well stocked pro shop for shirts etc. Staff was very good.
Each fall, professional football and the links intertwine more than some realize. There are early Sunday morning shootouts that lead back to clubhouses for watch parties and tournaments where players are asked to don the colors and logos of their favorite teams. We’re going to take it one step further. The flavor of many of the Grand Strand’s courses mirror those of at least one professional team.
With the Summer Olympiad soon to unfold in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the world of golf has gone a bit nutty for torches, medals, five-ring logos and all that good Olympic stuff. To put a cherry on top of it all, we’ve decided to present this whiz-bang Myrtle Beach travel article with, you guessed it, an Olympic theme.
Writer Tom Ferraro offers his insights on what makes the Grand Strand a buddy trip destination that far exceeded his initial expectations. He also has three tips on how you can make your next buddy trip your best ever.